When I am making a motivational presentation, I often talk to the audience about a journey of discovery that I call: “See Me, Free Me, Be Me”
“See Me, Free Me, Be Me”
I like to encourage people to stand on a solid core of Christian doctrine and belief. My doctrine and my faith are like the pedestal that supports a statue. If my pedestal of doctrine and faith is strong and solid and wide, the statue will stand tall and straight, solid and secure. Children may climb upon the statue, heavy winds and rain may pound upon it, tree limbs might even come crashing down upon it, but the statue will remain upright, sturdy and formidable. But if the pedestal on which the statue rests is made of inferior materials, if it is weak or crumbling, a relatively slight push will cause the statue to topple over, possibly to shatter into pieces.
Our lives are very similar to that statue in the park. If our core of doctrine and faith is solid, the storms of life – the unexpected disasters of the deaths of loved ones, financial reversals, family problems, etc. – will leave us weathered but still standing tall and straight. If, on the other hand, our pedestal is flimsy or rotten, it won’t take much to topple us.
I believe that we, as Christians, have largely abdicated our authority in virtually every area of society – education, government, business – and we have done so because we don’t really know who the Lord is and what He has done for us. We have toppled over into a sea of subjectivism because we have forgotten our spiritual roots, our doctrinal core. If we don’t know what our doctrinal core is, we have no solid base to stand on! We can’t possibly discern what is more important to us, what is less important, and what is not important at all. We often seem incapable of resisting the voices of militant humanism that seem so prevalent in our society. We lack the confidence in ourselves that we need to boldly proclaim truth and righteousness to a world which so desperately needs to learn about the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
In business, we attend time management seminars which teach us to prioritize our schedules. But until we know the core of truth, we will never be able to begin scheduling our priorities. If we haven’t grasped the truth of our true position in Christ, we are merely “busy.” We aren’t engaged in meaningful, purpose-driven activity because we don’t know who we really are! While our corporations may become profitable, we will not be engaged in the infinitely more important function of building lives and passing on a legacy, because we aren’t entirely sure
what that legacy is!
So it is vital for all of us to take a good, long look at what our position in Christ is. What is the pedestal on which we construct our lives? This is the point at which we move through this three-step discovery process: “See Me, Free Me, Be Me.”
See Me is a process of illumination. God’s Word tells us that, as Christians, we are “a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) As a new creation in Christ, I have been given a number of spiritual possessions, gifts that have been given me by my Heavenly Father. I have also been given several new positionsas a child of God, perhaps the most glorious being that I have been justified, literally declared legally righteous outside of me in the mind of God. (“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works …” – Romans 4:5-6).
When I have studied and absorbed my positions and possessions in Christ, I can truly SEE ME for the first time. I am no longer focused on my condition (in which I may currently be suffering from disillusionment and defeat) as the basis of my acceptance before God. Rather, I rejoice in my rich spiritual heritage as a child of God.
I believe in what God declares me to be. I am no longer working for self-worth, I am working from imputed-worth. I have internalized those most important words: “I am somebody in Christ!” I am confident, but not arrogant. In fact, it is impossible to become arrogant, because my spiritual possessions are all gifts from the Father. (“What do you have that you did not receive?”Paul challenged the Corinthian believers in 1 Corinthian 4:7) At this point, I slide easily into the next exciting phase of the journey of discovery: liberation.